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Tim and the Dusty Man, Ames, Mrs. Ernest [Mary Frances Ames]
1 Ames, Mrs. Ernest [Mary Frances Ames] Tim and the Dusty Man
London Grant Richards [1903] First edition Hardcover Good Mary Frances Ames 
This rare title is a fabulously illustrated children's book that features 24 large format full page chromolithograph illustrations. The illustratiion style is bold, bright and humorous and ever so slightly bizarre at times. The story follows the Dusty Man [who is slightly reminiscent of santa claus] who, with his magical powers, takes a little boy called Tim around the world during the night to visit some very strange places and even stranger characters. Grant Richards published some very nice children's books that often bucked the Nister sugar sweet trend of the Victorian era. 51pp. 24x31 cm. Paper covered illustrated boards with red cloth backstrip. The paper cover to the upper board is chipped around the edges and is lifting in places. Backstrip bumped. Lower board marked. Personal inscription on ffep. Very occasional minor brownspot inside. 
Price: 125.00 GBP
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Something for the Chicks, Bingham, Clifton; Weedon, L. L. et al
2 Bingham, Clifton; Weedon, L. L. et al Something for the Chicks
London / New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co. 1899 First Edition Hardcover Very Good F. Bingham, Edith Hobarts, Helena Maguire et al 
8 chromolithograph plates [typical Nister style of rich illustration and colour] plus many more sepia line and monochrome illustrations. Nister number 447. Original floral nister end papers. Personal dedication on front paste down, dated from 1900. Listed in Hunt. Corners and top / bottom of cloth backstrip worn. Hinges starting. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Browning, Robert, illustrated by T. Butler-Stoney
3 Browning, Robert, illustrated by T. Butler-Stoney The Pied Piper of Hamelin
London Ernest Nister 1906 First edition thus Hardcover Good + T[homas] Butler-Stoney 
Contains 12 full page chromolithograph illustrations - all very vibrant and strong colouring - and black / white wood-cut illustrations on all of the text pages. Possibly based on historical fact dating back to the 14th century [or even earlier], Browning wrote this extended poem of the Hamelin legend in 1842, after the Brothers Grimm had written their folk tale in 1816. There are many illustrated versions of Brownings poem, but this has to be one of the better ones with Butler-Stoney's wonderful characters with such expression. Unfortunately Butler-Stoney did not illustrate that many children's books and that is indeed a shame. Coloured pictorial boards over a red cloth backstrip. 210x270 mm. 26 pp. Nister number 1506. Very slight movement in binding. Altogether a very good copy with all illustrations in vibrant condition. 
Price: 115.00 GBP
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My Own Farmyard Book The Picture Book Maker Series, Ernest Nister
4 Ernest Nister My Own Farmyard Book The Picture Book Maker Series
London Ernest Nister 1908 First edition Hardcover Good + Helen Maguire, William Foster et al 
A rare un-cut example of one of Nister's Picture Book Maker Series which contain model cut-outs of the illustrations for the reader to cut out and insert in the correct place within the book. There is a pocket at the front of the book which houses 8 sheets of chromolithograph illustrations [40 in all] and 4 sheets of black and white illustrations [19 in all]. Within the book there are several printed stories with blank numbered spaces for the illustrations. The theme of the stories / illustrations is animals / victorian children, all very typical Nister. Only one of the 59 illustrations has been cut out and this has not yet been mounted in the book, all of the other illustrations are un-cut, complete and intact. This book, or in fact any of the six titles in this series, is extremely rare in this complete and un-cut and un-mounted condition. Corners worn, edges rubbed, top/tail backstrip bumped. Boards a bit marked / grubby. The top edges of the front pocket holding the illustrations is torn. There is no loss of paper but I haven't repaired it as it actually makes it easier to remove the illustration sheets. Front hinge starting. Some grubbiness internally. 
Price: 425.00 GBP
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Peep Bo Pictures, Ernest Nister - Movable Slats
5 Ernest Nister - Movable Slats Peep Bo Pictures
London Ernest Nister 1898 First Edition Hardcover Fair G. H. Thompson, E. S. Hardy, W. Foster et al 
Delightful and extremely rare movable book from Nister comprising of six transformation chromolithograph illustrations. The transformations are made up of horizontal slats operated by a tab that changes the illustration from one scene into another. So there is one scene of two cats having afternoon tea in a teashop and then they go on a boat trip at sea in a boat driven by a Puffin; a hen with her eggs just hatching and then taking her chickens out on the lake. As expected with Nister they are beautiful and sugar sweet! In Hunt, p.316. Not in Montanaro. 20x17.5 cm; 16pp.Scuffed boards with worn corners. This book suffers from the common problem with Nister books of having been published on wood pulp paper which is now very brittle, particularly around the edges. The book binder has re-set the pages and replaced the end papers [retaining the original front and rear free end papers] and reinforced some of the edges with archival tape, but the book is still fragile with chips / abrasions around the page edges / hinge lines - hence overall 'fair' condition. Some of the tabs have been replaced / repaired and all transformations work [to be operated with care!]. A very rare book with lovely illustrations! 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 450.00 GBP
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Little People's Animal Book, Fuller, Alfred J. - Edited and Arranged By
6 Fuller, Alfred J. - Edited and Arranged By Little People's Animal Book
London / New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton 1902 Hardcover Good Helen Maguire, W. Foster, E.B.Stanley Montefiore et al 
Contains 22 chromolithograph illustrations and numerous other line and monochrome illustrations. All concerned with animals, from farm animals to pets. Absolutely beautiful quality as you would expect from Nister. Text of verses and short stories, all about animals. Original floral end papers. Listed in Hunt. Printed in Bavaria. 310 x 285 mm; 66 pp. Corners, edges and backstrip worn. Small surface abrasion to top corner of upper board. Front and rear hinges cracked. Tear to rear free end paper which has been repaired. Staples rusty but complete. Occaisional short tear to page edge and page corner chip. One page is chipped and grubby for a 1 cm. band along two edges. First nine line drawings have been expertly hand coloured. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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The Heroes or Greek Fairy Tales for my Children, Kingsley, Charles
7 Kingsley, Charles The Heroes or Greek Fairy Tales for my Children
London and New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co. [1903] First edition Hardcover Good + T. H. Robinson 
Containing 6 chromolithograph plates and over 60 other half tone illustrations [some as plates] this is a beautifully presented collection of stories from Greek history / mythology. Includes stories about Perseus, the Argonauts and Theseus. This is one of the E. N. Illustrated Standard and Art Giftbook series which, according to Hunt - 'A series of elegantly bound in cloth, of good quality, printed on art paper...' Green cloth covered boards decorated with illustration of Orpheus with harp on upper board, head portrait of Medeia to lower board and decoration to backstrip - all in colour and highlighted in gilt. Bevelled edges. aeg. Decorative end papers [Robinson] of Perseus [front] and Orpheus and Theseus [rear]. 215 x 160 mm. 296pp. Corners, top/tail backstrip bumped and rubbed. Starting to split, front side of backstrip. Clean contents. from Otto 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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Child Characters from Dickens, L. L. Weedon (re-told from Charles Dickens)
8 L. L. Weedon (re-told from Charles Dickens) Child Characters from Dickens
London Ernest Nister 1905 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Arthur A. Dixon 
There are six full page Nister chromolithographic plates and 70 other half tone illustrations. Chromolithographs printed in Bavaria. As the title suggest, the story line takes 18 of the child characters from Dickens (Tiny Tim, Oliver Twist, Little Nell, Little Dorrit etc.) and presents an abridged version of that character's storyline. 320 pages, size: 215 x 160 mm. The linen backed hard cover has bevelled edges, the page edges are all gilt and the front and rear endpapers are nicely illustrated. This is one of the E.N. Illustrated Standard and Art Gift Books from Nister, which was a 'series of elegantly bound in cloth of good quality, printed on art paper.' [Hunt]. Condition: Binding: Very small tear to linen on front top corner and some of the illustration paint has rubbed off. The original owners name appears three times on the end papers / prelims. Interior: Two pages have dirty edges. Otherwise very good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 69.00 GBP
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Blind Man's Buff Stories and Rhymes For Holiday Times, Mack, Robert Ellice
9 Mack, Robert Ellice Blind Man's Buff Stories and Rhymes For Holiday Times
London and New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co. [1891] First edition Hardcover Good + St. Clair Simmonds, R. A. Bell and Harriett M. Bennett 
Short stories and rhymes with 7 full page chromolithograph plates - one double page and monochrome illustrations on all other pages. Grey on beige foliate end papers. Pictorial covered boards with blue cloth backstrip. 240x190 mm. [36pp] Paper to upper board lifting as is front fixed endpaper. Some of the monochrome wood-cuts appear to have a faint colour wash. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
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Winnie the Pooh's Revolving Picture Book, Milne, A. A. [after]
10 Milne, A. A. [after] Winnie the Pooh's Revolving Picture Book
London Methuen 1991 Hardcover As New Ernest H. Shepard [after] 
Contains six revolving pictures which are operated by a ribbon tab to reveal a second picture. Mechanism after the style of Nister. Tales based upon the famous Milne character. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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Mother Goose Favourites, Nister, Ernest
11 Nister, Ernest Mother Goose Favourites
Great Britain Harper Collins 1992 Hardcover As New Ernest Nister 
This is a contemporary pop-up book that has been compiled using illustrations by Ernest Nister. There are five pop-ups, all with movable elements that have been very nicely designed by Keith Moseley. Presented with a selection of traditional nursery rhymes. c. 29x22 cm. Unpaginated [18pp]. Condition is 'as new' with all pop-up elements intact, fully working and with no faults. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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More Jingles and Jokes, Wain, Louis and Bingham, Clifton
12 Wain, Louis and Bingham, Clifton More Jingles and Jokes
London Ernest Nister Hardcover Good Louis Wain, G. H. Thompson, W. Foster 
[1899] Hardback. 26x21 cm. Cover illustration and chromolithograph frontispiece by G. H. Thompson and W. Foster respectively. Black and white wood cuts on all other pages, including three double page illustrations, all by Louis Wain. Corners worn, edges rubbed, small chip to edge of upper board, top / bottom of backstrip bumped. Front and rear hinges cracked. Some finger prints / grubbiness internally. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 
Price: 220.00 GBP
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Pleasant Surprises for Chicks of All Sizes Nister Moveable, Weatherley, Frederick E. and Bingham, Clifton
13 Weatherley, Frederick E. and Bingham, Clifton Pleasant Surprises for Chicks of All Sizes Nister Moveable
London / New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co. [1891] First edition Hardcover Good Lizzie Lawson, Harriet Mary Bennett, G. H. Thompson, J. Lawson, W. Foster et al. 
Contains 8 pages of moveables - dissolving slats - in wonderful chromolithograph. The dissolving slats work like a venetian blind - you pull a tab at the bottom of the page and this causes the displayed illustration to disappear behind a second illustration, thus presenting a new scene. So, across the 8 pages of moveables there are actually 16 illustrations. Published in Germany, c. 1893, by Theo Stroefer as 'Heitere Stunden Ein Wandelbuch Mit Reimen von Eugen Reichenbach'. Although Nister started publishing children's books in 1877, he did not publish any moveables until 1890; this book is most likely the third moveable that was published by Nister. [Hunt] The accompanying stories are presented in 4/5 line stanzas and these text pages are illustrated with line drawings. 325x250 mm / unpaginated, 20pp. Blue and white floral end papers. Condition: Boards badly rubbed and stained with the backstrip frayed with a few little tears. Hinges cracked but still holding. One page has been reattached. Staining to corners of fixed end papers. All mechanisms have been restored and are fully working with replacement tabs. All of the chromolithographs are complete and in good condition. Most of the mounts around the tabs have close tears [repaired], presumably due to over enthusiastic operation in the past. As with most Nister books this has been printed on early wood pulp paper and it is now quite brittle and hence has edge chips in places. 
Price: 325.00 GBP
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More Pleasant Surprises, for Chicks of All Sizes, Weatherly, F. E.- Nister Movable
14 Weatherly, F. E.- Nister Movable More Pleasant Surprises, for Chicks of All Sizes
London Ernest Nister 1893 First Edition Hardcover Good Lizzie Mack, John Lawson, W. Foster et al 
Contains eight pages of splendid movable chromolithograph illustrations, horizontal slats operated by tabs. Beautiful Nister chromos and victorian children subject matter. Large format. 32.5x25 cm; 20+8 pp. Hunt p. 313. Montanaro p. 180. Slightly grubby boards with bumped corners, top / tail of backstrip. Binding re-set with replacement end papers, retaining original front and rear free endpapers. Contents clean, all movables work. Printed on wood pulp paper which is now quite brittle, hence some chipping to edges. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 
Price: 475.00 GBP
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Happy Holidays A Volume of Pictures and Stories, Weatherly, F.E.; Glasgow, Geraldine R.; Molesworth, Olive et al
15 Weatherly, F.E.; Glasgow, Geraldine R.; Molesworth, Olive et al Happy Holidays A Volume of Pictures and Stories
London & New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co. [1895] First edition Hardcover Fine Harriet M. Bennett, Mrs. Seymour Lucas, Helena Maguire et al 
Selection of stories and poems with 6 [incl frontis] chromolithograph plates and monochrome wood-engravings on all other pages. Original foliate patterned end papers. Exceptional example of a Nister / Dutton book with high quality illustration and in fine condition. Pictorial covered board with cream background and red cloth backstrip. 245x200mm. [84pp] Hunt p.118. Rare title. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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The Book Of Gnomes, Weatherly, Frederic Edward
16 Weatherly, Frederic Edward The Book Of Gnomes
London Ernest Nister 1895 First Edition Hardcover Fair Hardy, Evelyn Stuart 
8 chromolithographic plates, 9 other full page sepia wood cut illustrations, and in text sepia illustration on all of the other pages. Oblong format (c. 12 inches x 10 inches; 30 cm. x 25 cm). Undated, approximate date provided by reference to V&A Museum library. The story line follows the preparation for a Ball, which is being held to keep the Elves out of mischief. The story follows the distribution of the invitations, the making of the clothes to be worn, the preparation of the land and the feast, the upset of those that are not invited, a stolen kiss between the Robin and the Wren - altogether a truly charming tale that is beautifully illustrated by the Nister chromolithographs. Illustrated end papers. Specific condition: Binding: Corners worn, outer boards are grubby and scuffed. Ffep missing but frontispiece intact.Personal inscription (1918) on front pastedown end paper. Interior: A few closed tears and grubbiness to page edges; on some of the pages there is quite a strong crease near to the hinge (due, I think to a combination of the heavy paper and the tightness of the binding) and where appropriate these have been reinforced with archival tape to prevent further damage. Not the best of copies, but all of the pages are present and the illustrations are nice and clear - a good opportunity to collect a lovely Nister at a reasonable price. N.B. Now protected in an archival film cover. N.B. The disjointed image is due to the photo being a composite view - the book is larger than my A4 scanner! 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 
Price: 175.00 GBP
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Child Characters from Dickens, Weedon, L. L. retold by
17 Weedon, L. L. retold by Child Characters from Dickens
London Ernest Nister c. 1905 First edition Stamped Cloth Very Good Arthur A. Dixon 
Contains 6 chromolithograph plates and over 70 half tone illustrations [including several plates] and 18 of Dickens's stories. aeg. Blue cloth cover with embossed gilt titling and coloured illustration of Little Dorrit and her Grandfather on the upper board and Dickens's head on the lower board; bevelled edges. Green line illustrated front and rear endpapers [both different]. 320 pages, 8vo / 215 x 160 mm. This is one of the E.N. Illustrated Standard and Art Gift Books from Nister, which was a 'series of elegantly bound in cloth of good quality, printed on art paper.' [Hunt]. Rubbing to corners, edges and top/tail of backstrip. Part of title has rubbed off on backstrip. Front hinge cracked but binding completely intact. Overall very good condition. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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Vanishing Pictures A Novel Picture Book with Dioramic Effects, Weedon, L.L. et al
18 Weedon, L.L. et al Vanishing Pictures A Novel Picture Book with Dioramic Effects
London and New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co. [1895] Hardcover Very Good E.J.Andrews, E.S.Hardy, H.Maguire, J.Lawson and W.Foster 
Contains six revolving scenes, pulled by a ribbon to reveal a second scene as described in the assoicated story. All revolving scenes are chromolithographs. Story page has engraving illustrations. Beige and cream floral end-papers. As Hunt p. 343. Paper cover boards with chromo to upper board and red cloth spine. 23x22 cm. 26pp. Corners worn. Slight grubbiness to boards. Front and rear hinges cracked. Very slight spotting inside. All silk ribbons in tact and all scenes move fine. from Otto 
Price: 650.00 GBP
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Picture Book Farm, Weedon, L.L.; Fletcher, E.; Burnside, H. M.
19 Weedon, L.L.; Fletcher, E.; Burnside, H. M. Picture Book Farm
London / New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton & Co. [1900] First edition Hardcover Good W. Luker Jun, E.B.S. Montefiore, H. Maguire et al 
With 8 [including frontispiece] full page chromolithographs and monochrome illustrations on most of the other pages, all of animals and farmyard / countryside type scenes. Selection of stories and verses. [40pp]. 28.5x23.5 cm. Pictorial paper covered boards with green cloth backstrip. Blue and cream floral decorated end papers. Original bookseller's stamp on rear pastedown - M. H. Rackstraw of Islington [London]. Origninal owner dedication on front pastedown. Professionally rebound so good and tight. Top front corner chipped off [c. 2cm] and other corners very worn. Boards and backstrip scuffed. Some grubbiness to page edges. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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